In case you missed it

It was summer, it was hot and you had better things to do than reading about transportation. Still you missed some major moves. Here are the ones we watched:

Pedestrians

  • Corey Johnson sent a letter to DOT asking for better pedestrian protection on the proposed 10th Avenue bike lane . DOT has agreed to change the traffic signals on 10th Avenue to comply with the 25mph during the day and night.

Transit 

  • It’s official: the M42 is the slowest in the city – Yes, we know ! read on 
  • MTA published their action plan in may and has already implanted route changes in Staten Island.

Long Distance Buses 

  • Fuji jitneys has lost its permit for the bus stops located at 327 West 42nd Street and 301 WEst 40th street. DOT followed CB4 recommendations that their permit be terminated. A very good news for the community.

Bicycles 

  • Dock-less Citibike  debuted in the Bronx – Their biggest proponent? Mayor De Blasio who does not want to sacrifice even One parking space!
  • Pedal -assist bikes were legalized . Citibike and ride share system are happy but delivery bicyclists are not : they all use throttle bikes which are still illegal. New York Times 
  • A tourist was killed on the Central Park West bike lane . Tragic but not surprising: the ” bike lane ” is only a line painted on the ground.  A waste of paint if you ask me . At least it will prompt DOT in doing the right thing and put a protected bike lane around the park.
  • 26th and 29th street protected crosstown bike lanes are near completion .
  • New York State DOT is working on a traffic study for the Greenway and the West Side Highway initiated by a CHEKPEDS’ letter to Senator Brad Hoylman last year. A meeting was organized by the Senator’s office with NYS DOT to review the progress to date with the affected community boards. Nothing tangible yet.
  • Citibike will add more stations within the existing network . You can request stations near you  here 

Congestion

  • City council passed two legislations to limit the number fo Uber, Lyft etc cars ( unless they offer service for the disabled riders) and to increase the minimum wage of drivers to match the rest of the city . New York times
  • Bruce Schaller, a former NYC deputy commissioner, publish a report showing the massive congestion caused by Uber and Lyft, etc. Read the article in Citylab and read the report 

Parking 

  • New York city announced new parking rates to encourage more turn over. As a result the cost of placards to the rest of the citizens will reach $ 1.5 billion a year. Who will have the balls to tackle this baby?

It was a very busy summer indeed.

 

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